A salvage crew that discovers a long-lost 1962 passenger ship floating lifeless in a remote region of the Bering Sea soon notices, as they try to tow it back to land, that "strange things" happen...
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Rated R for strong violence/gore, language and sexuality.
Adventure, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Ghost, Ghost Ship, Luxury Liner, Stabbed In The Back, Betrayal
DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Trapped or Confined, Terror in the Water, Ghosts, Ship Cruises
Creepy, Tense, Paranoid, Atmospheric
Blood and Gore
Ghost Ship, Luxury Liner, Greed, Straight Razor
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Ghost Ship is a 2002 horror film directed by Steve Beck. The film was shot in Queensland, Australia and Vancouver, Canada. It stars Julianna Margulies and Gabriel Byrne. It was produced by Dark Castle Entertainment. Despite the title, it is not a remake of the 1952 film of the same name.
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In May 1962, dozens of wealthy passengers enjoy dancing in the luxurious ballroom of an Italian ocean liner, the Antonia Graza, while a beautiful Italian woman (Francesca Rettondini) sings "Senza Fine." Away from the party, a hand presses a lever that unravels a thin wire cord from a spool. Suddenly, the spool snaps and the wire slices across the dance floor like a blade, bisecting the dancers. Only little Katie (Emily Browning) — who is dancing with the Captain — is spared, thanks to her small stature and to the captain leaning protectively over her. She looks up at the Captain's face, which splits open at mouth level as the top of his head falls off. Katie screams and the film cuts to the present day.
A salvage crew — Captain Sean Murphy (Gabriel Byrne), Maureen Epps (Julianna Margulies), Greer (Isaiah Washington), Dodge (Ron Eldard), Munder (Karl Urban) and Santos (Alex Dimitriades) — is celebrating a recent success at a bar, when Jack Ferriman (Desmond Harrington), a Canadian weather service pilot, approaches them and says he has spotted a mysterious vessel running adrift in the Bering Sea. Because the ship is in international waters, it can be claimed by whoever is able to bring it to a port. The crew soon set out on the Arctic Warrior, an ocean salvage tugboat. While exploring the abandoned ship, they discover that it is the Antonia Graza, an Italian luxury liner that disappeared in May 1962 and was believed to be lost at sea. When they board the ship and prepare to tow it to shore, strange things begin to happen. Epps claims to have seen a little girl on the stairwell. Greer claims to have heard the singing of an unseen songstress throughout the ship. Epps and Ferriman discover the corpses of another salvage crew. They decide to leave the ship but take the large quantity of gold that they find on board. Katie tries to warn the crew that the Arctic Warrior has been sabotaged, but the tug explodes as the engine is started, killing Santos and leaving them stranded on the ship in the Bering Sea.
They attempt to fix the Antonia Graza and sail it back to land, but more crew members are killed. Epps meets Katie who reveals that the Graza's crew turned on the passengers and each other in an attempt to get the gold that the ship carried. The Graza had come to the rescue of the sinking cruise ship Lorelei, which was carrying gold. One man had survived, who brought the gold aboard the Graza, and convinced the crew to turn on the passengers in exchange for the gold. Katie explains (via flashback) that the crew killed all of the passengers, including herself. One officer then murdered his fellow crew mates only to be shot by the singer, Francesca. Another man then joined Francesca in an embrace and walked away as a large hook swung into her face, killing her. The man is revealed as Jack Ferriman, who is in fact an evil demonic spirit who masterminded the massacre in 1962 and is implied to have done something similar on the Lorelei, before the Graza.
Epps deduces that Ferriman lured the salvage team to the Graza to repair the sinking ship, and that the best way to fight him is to undo the repairs they made and sink it. She sets the explosives, but is confronted by Ferriman, who has killed the last of her crew. Ferriman describes himself as a salvager of souls, much as Epps is a salvager of ships. Collecting souls is his job, which he says was earned by a lifetime of sin. He also explains that since Katie was a child and never committed a true sin, he couldn't mark her with the "brand" he uses to control the evil ghosts making her difficult to control leading to her helping Epps. So long as the Antonia Graza remains afloat, he can continue to use it as a trap and keep his masters (and Satan) satisfied. After a brief struggle, Epps detonates the explosives and sinks the Graza. Katie helps Epps escape the rapidly sinking ship. She is left in the debris as the souls trapped on the ship ascend to heaven; Katie stops to thank her.
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